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Linda in Elvish

Linda, your name is really cool! It’s based on an ancient word meaning “weak, tender, soft.” It wasn’t used on its own until recently, where it was a Germanic nickname for names ending in -linde.

But, this isn’t the only source of your name! It’s also a Spanish word meaning “handsome/pretty” with a completely different history.

Thus, when translating this name, I’ll make two approaches: “weak/tender/soft” and “beautiful.”

Quenya

For “weak/tender/soft” I’d translate it as “Milya – soft/gentle/weak.” This adjective can be used on its own as a genderless name.

Feminine: Milye

Masculine: Milyo

For “beautiful” we have two words, from the same root: Vanya and Vanima. These adjectives can be used as gender neutral names.

Feminine: Vanye and Vanime.

Masculine: Vanyo and Vanimo.

These names are all perfect for your Elven characters, falling right in line with a typical descriptive name that would be used as an Amilesse or an Epesse.

Sindarin

In Sindarin, our pickings for words that mean “weak/tender/soft” are a bit thinner, so the closest that we can get is “Mae – soft, pliant.” This can be used on its own as a genderless name. The gendered suffixes are awkward to use here, so I’ll use the nouns for “man” and “women.”

Feminine: Maenis “soft woman.”

Masculine: Maenir “soft man.”

For “beautiful,” the word is Bain, which can be used on its own without gendered suffixes. This is the cognate of Vanya/Vanima.

Feminine: Beineth and Beinel.

Masculine: Beinor.

These names fit in perfectly in Middle-earth. Elves love names that tell whomever they meet a lot of information about who they are, so culturally, these names are great!

Linda, I hope that you found this article interesting and useful!

If you’d like your name translated in this series, comment below and I’ll consider it for a future article!

Source:

Hanks, Patrick & Hodges, Flavia. A Dictionary of First Names Oxford University Press. 1990. pgs 206, 215.

Wiktionary “Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/linþaz” Last edited: April 30th, 2021.

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